“Never Give Up”

Hello everyone! I hope you’re having a wonderful Thursday so far! I went to the Fashion Houston 2012 event last night and it was an amazing experience. It definitely exceeded my expectations and blew my mind. The Fashion Houston event is a 4-day series of shows featuring amazing designers like Chloe Dao, Zac Posen, Monique Lhuillier, Hervé Léger and many more. My next post will have so many more pics and details of the event.

Right now I want to talk about how I met Yolanda Adams, who is a Gospel singer and has been very influential to me. I saw her and my breath was taken out of me. I mean I honestly realized that I wasn’t breathing for a second. I thought my eyes were deceiving me. But it really was her. I was so scared and nervous to ask her to take a picture but I knew I had to tell her how she has impacted my life. For some reason I expected her to be mean, and I think that’s what scared me the most. Rejection. She couldn’t be more opposite from mean. She was so nice and humble and she was like a breath of fresh air. She handled herself with grace and I was in love with her plaid coat with the fringed out arms. Fab. I told her that her song “never give up” really helped me through some hard times and she is an inspiration to me” and she said “I am so glad to hear that” and we took our picture. It took everything in me to not cry haha!

I went through some hardships around this time last year. I was very depressed and I didn’t know how to deal with it. I am the type of person that internalizes my emotions and I put on a face that everything is ok, when in reality I am hurting inside. I had a very “defeated” attitude and outlook on life. I felt stuck. I felt insecure. I felt like a disappointment. I felt lost.

Amidst all of the anguish I was going through, one day out of the blue while visiting my parents, my dad called me in the other room and said “pick out 2 cds and I’ll give the rest to your sister”. My sister is really into gospel music, but I personally never really listened to gospel music or never really cared to. I almost said “never mind dad, I’m good”, but something nudged me to go ahead and pick one out. I chose an Etta James and the Yolanda Adams cds. The only reason why I picked the Yolanda Adams cd was because I really liked her makeup and hair in her cover photo, haha!

Anyway, I popped it in to my cd player while in the car one day and I cried and cried just listening to the words she was singing. I listened to this song on repeat for days and weeks and it brought me to tears every time I heard it. I listened to it until I felt the strength to go on. I listened to it until I truly believed in myself again. This song really catapulted me to continue with life and make the best of. To really CHOOSE to be happy and stop dwelling on the hard times or the challenges you face. It helped me to continue to fight for my dreams no matter if no one believed in me or my vision.

I had to share with you all that meeting Yolanda was not to say “I met a celebrity” but it was really an emotional moment. In that moment, a year later, my life came to a “full circle moment” where she catapulted me to keep fighting (and through this year I must say I’ve fought hard and long)and now I am where I am today and I have met her in person and I had the opportunity to let her know how much I appreciate her sharing her gift and her passion with us.

I really hope that you all listen to her song (it can be found on youtube and it’s called “never give up”) and I hope that inspires one of you out there. Whoever you are.

Keep going for your dreams and do what you love. Do something that you’re passionate about, it can be anything. You will be an inspiration to someone or something. I am no where near where I want to be in life, but I am so proud that I have gotten this far.

It all started with my daddy giving me a cd. You never know what small moments will forever change your life.

Thank you so much for visiting! xoxo

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